deen

إِذْ يَتَلَقَّى الْمُتَلَقِّيَانِ عَنِ الْيَمِينِ وَعَنِ الشِّمَالِ قَعِيدٌ مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ

“(Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being after he or she has attained the age of puberty), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).”

(Sūrah Qāf, 50:17-18)

Allah surely loves those who are the Sabireen (patient). (3:146) 

Hardships and ease are a trial for you. Everything Allah chooses for you; from good or evil, is for your benefit. Whatever occurred to you could not have missed you and what missed you could never have reached you. Rewards are only for those who are patient with the Decree of Allah.

Panic and impatience cannot prevent Allah’s Decree. Shakwah (complaining) is contradictory to Sabr (patience). Allah alone can protect you from harm and ease your difficulties.

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Actual break at work. Always remembering it’s just work—heaven is the true goal. Prayer throughout the day is the only thing that will help you remember our purpose here on earth when things get rough.

“And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected. The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth…” [Qur’an, Al-Shu’ara’ 26:87–88]

Hijab in Islam

What is Hijab?

  • Hijab is not a literal veil or scarf worn, but the complete action of maintaining modesty
  • Hijab is governed by parts of the body that must be covered and shielded; for women this is everything besides the face and hands
    • Muslims are required to adhere to these rules starting at puberty
  • The hijab is a means of elevating a women’s status beyond her beauty so that people will judge her according to her thoughts and actions rather than her appearance
    • In a society where women are highly judged by their appearance, hijab stands as a defiance for objectifying women
    • The majority of women who wear hijab consider it a constant reminder that they do not adorn their bodies for men
  • The hijab is also a means of religious observance for a Muslim women and God.
    • Therefore, no one can force someone to wear hijab (Islamically)
    • The hijab is solely a choice between God and a woman
  •  In Islam, the responsibility falls on each gender to protect their own modesty and to control their own desires. Whether a woman dresses modestly or not, it is the obligation of each man to guard his own chastity. While many people may think that hijab is worn primarily to restrain men’s illicit desires, this is another misconception. Indeed, it is not women’s duty to regulate the behavior of men. Men are accountable for their own conduct; they are equally required to be modest and to handle themselves responsibly in every sphere of their lives

Hijab Testimonials

Muslim women identify themselves with Mary who is commemorated for her piety and modesty. Aminah Assilmi, who converted to Islam in 1977, was once asked about going out in public without her hijab and she responded, “I cannot help but wonder if they would have ordered Mary, the mother of Jesus, to uncover her hair.”

 “Outer manifestation of an inner commitment to worship God” – Saulat Pervez

 “Many people make the error of thinking that the hijab is a definitive statement of a woman’s religiosity, as if it is a clear indicator of her spiritual commitment. While veiling is a reflection of one’s beliefs, the hijab simultaneously becomes a tangible reminder to the woman herself: to embody the modesty and dignity it represents and to carry one’s self in a way that pleases God. In that sense, the hijab symbolizes a journey of devotion rather than the end-result of piety.” – Katherine Bullock

“Before I started covering, my self-perception was rooted in other people’s perceptions of me. I dressed to elicit compliments, keep up with the latest trend, wear the most desired brand name … very little of it had to do with me, and more importantly, what God thought of me. Pre-hijab, I was in bondage to the surrounding society; post-hijab, I became attached to God. With that connection to God came an enormous amount of freedom. Confidence and self-respect were just some of the benefits.”- Saba Baig

Verses & Hadith

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or elderly having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
[Quran al-Noor 24:31]

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful”
[Quran al-Ahzaab 33:59]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Modesty is a part of faith and faith resides in paradise”
{Narrated by Sunan Ibn Majah, 4184}

Often times when we think of improving in our deen we focus on concrete actions such as tahajjud, wearing less makeup, saying certain duas.

These are all important, but if we look at the life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), it’s clear that working on your character first is the key to success in Islam.

Being kind to our parents, being patient with aggravating people, humbling our ego, and forgiving other’s mistakes. These are important goals we all have to work on as well.

May Allah ﷻ protect and enhance our character, making us those who represent Islam beautifully.